We Need To Do Something: Review

Melissa (Sierra McCormick) is stuck indoors with her family during a storm. Her little brother, Bobby (John James Cronin) is calm, but anxious as he thinks that there’s something more to the storm than mere thunder and lightning. Melissa’s mother, Diane (Vinessa Shaw) is also calm and trying to reassure her children that everything’s going to be ok.

On the other hand, Melissa’s father, Robert (Pat Healy) is becoming more and more irate that there’s nothing they can do as they find themselves trapped in their bathroom with no means of escape. Time passes and there’s barely a sound outside, however the door is still impenetrable and the family is slowly running out of patience. Melissa also has her own inner turmoil as she starts to think that she may be responsible for them being there.

We Need to Do Something is an intense and claustrophobic horror and Sean King O’Grady’s directorial feature debut, based on the novella written by Max Booth III who also wrote the screenplay.

Something of a timely film, We Need to Do Something is surely going to remind its audience about the situation we’ve all been living in for the past year. Something which may work for some and may make others want to switch off.

However, as much as the film may be an unwanted reminder of how the world is right now, it may serve as a good way to show people how it felt while living at this time.

Although being in a small, cramped setting with a small cast, O’Grady does manage to convey that feeling of endless dread and foreboding that we’ve all felt in the past year at some time or another. So, if you’re the kind of person that wants to embrace the chaos and like the characters, put yourself into the eye of the storm then We Need to Do Something may be a welcome distraction.

For those who have been focussing a bit too much on all the doom and gloom though, maybe save it for a time when you feel more comfortable because it will only heighten that terror.

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